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Last edited 17 Oct 2018
RSJ beams - what you need to know
Building any sort of structure is a complicated process due to the number of things that need to be taken into consideration in order to get to the finished product. This can be anything from laying the foundations for the building to decorating a room.
If it is something such as taking out a wall then it is important to consult with a building company or structural engineer. By having them come and look at what you want to do, they will be able to see if everything is okay or if there is anything you have to take note of - such as support of the ceiling. What is meant by this is that, for example, if you are looking at taking out a supporting wall then you will need something in its place.
In this instance you may need to put in its place a rolled steel joist (RSJ) beam. This will then be able to support the area above it like the wall was doing before it was taken away. A qualified builder would be able to recommend what to do and what to go for in this case. Alternatively, a timber or concrete beam might be used.
When you look into buying anything you will want to do your proper research into the product before buying. This is the same on this occasion especially with something as something that is supporting the floor otherwise you could be buying something that is not good quality.
There are many places that will have RSJ's in stock in various sizes. You also have the option if you speak to the right company of having a beam or multiple number of them made to your exact specifications.
Building companies may benefit from going to a company such as this to discuss their plans, so they will be able to construct each beam so that it will fit perfectly . They will also be able to make sure that they are constructed to the proper standards. Sharing your plans with them also has other advantages as well. This is because there are various different RSJ beams available such as single beams, T-beams, lintels and shelf angles. Each one serves its own purpose so you need to be doubly sure that you are getting the right one for that particular place.
Even though you may know how to install these into the correct place, it may be an idea to get the steel fabricating company to do this for you so they can make it, transport it and install it all in one go. This could potentially save a lot of time and hassle allowing you to concentrate on other things.
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